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  1. No hard feelings for Stackhouse after being cut from the Heat roster

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Miami’s bench may seem rather shallow, but the Heat are actually operating at the league’s maximum roster size. So when Erick Dampier became a top candidate for replacing the minutes and production of Udonis Haslem, that meant one thing: if Dampier was to be had, one member of the Heat would have to go. Jamaal…

  2. Heat to assign Dexter Pittman to the Sioux Falls Skyforce

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Dexter Pittman

    Dexter Pittman couldn’t crack the Heat’s underwhelming center rotation, and the addition of Erick Dampier has made Pittman even more unnecessary in Miami. Thus, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post, the Heat have decided to send the rookie big man to their D-League affiliate in Sioux Falls rather than bury Pittman…

  3. Marcus Banks won’t really be a Hornet after all

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:41 AM EST

    Marcus Banks

    By the numbers, Marcus Banks was a part of the trade that sent Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to Toronto and brought Jarrett Jack and David Andersen to New Orleans. His salary was necessary for financial purposes, after all, but according to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Banks and the Hornets have mutually…

  4. Game of the night: The Spurs would like your attention, please

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:51 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    After 24 minutes of decent offensive execution with poor finishing, the Spurs’ third quarter was an explosion of contrasts. San Antonio’s inexplicable misses were made right again, and so were some of their lower quality looks, for that matter. The Spurs just went to that happy place, where every three-pointer is accompanied by candy raining…

  5. Tony Parker comments on his divorce; pulls curtain between public, private life

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:01 PM EST

    Eva Longoria Parker, Tony Parker

    A divorce scandal has no place in a basketball headline, yet here we are. The story isn’t likely to go away soon considering the nature of the rumors being circulated and the profiles of both Tony Parker and his soon-to-be ex-wife Eva Longoria Parker, but the Spurs’ point guard did what he could to make…

  6. D.J. Augustin’s quasi-validation

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

    D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

    In my preseason mind, D.J. Augustin was destined to have a pretty crummy year for the Bobcats. He was coming off of a poor-shooting sophomore campaign in which his confidence was shredded by Larry Brown, and it was hard to imagine D.J. leading the ‘Cats to a successful season. Even if Charlotte somehow made the…

  7. Geoff Petrie has the Kings all wrong

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

    Geoff Petrie

    The last thing that any sports fan wants to read or hear is that their team’s leadership — owners, coaches, GMs, etc. — doesn’t seem to know something that they obviously should. With that in mind, I’d encourage all Kings fans who planned on feeling good about their team’s direction today to move along and…

  8. Rodrigue Beaubois inching toward return

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

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    The Mavs are faring well without Rodrigue Beaubois, but Dallas’ long-term success is certainly tied to the development of their young, dynamic scoring guard. At one point, Beaubois was aiming for a return by late in the preseason. Then he circled opening night on his calendar. Then the Mavs stopped giving possible timetables altogether, but…

  9. Suns sign Earl Barron to fill in for Robin Lopez

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EST

    Earl Barron

    In an effort to avoid going from the worst defensive rebounding team in the league to the worst defensive rebounding team in the league by an even bigger margin (it’s already pretty sizable), the Phoenix Suns have signed free agent big man Earl Barron to fill in for injured center Robin Lopez. Marc J. Spears…

  10. Raptors assign Solomon Alabi to the Erie BayHawks, Ed Davis may join him

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:44 PM EST

    Solomon Alabi

    Solomon Alabi was among a notable class of second rounders in the 2010 draft, but his NBA career will be put on pause after just 18 seconds of action. The Toronto Raptors announced that they have assigned Alabi to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, and it’s a move that certainly makes sense for all…

  11. Luis Scola is already making summer plans, intends to play for Argentina

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Luis Scola

    Thanks to their victory at this past summer’s FIBA World Championships, Team USA has an automatic bid for the 2012 Olympics. Other national teams still have plenty of work to do, as spots to compete in the Olympic pool must be earned through qualifying tournaments held all around the world. That doesn’t mean we should…

  12. The Heat don’t need Erick Dampier, but they could surely use him

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:54 PM EST

    Erick Dampier

    Count me among those that sees Miami’s rough start as a temporary turmoil. It’s only a matter of time before the pieces start clicking just right, if only because the level of talent between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade breaks dimensional bounds and head coach Erik Spoelstra won’t rest until the offense is structured and…

  13. Minnesota focusing on improving their high five efficiency rating

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:04 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Two weeks ago, Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson botched an in-game high five in amazingly awkward fashion. That one particularly graceless moment sparked hard-hitting journalists across the country into action, and the folks at Timberwolves.com have put together a probing, insightful look into “one of the most tragic moment in Minnesota sports history.” You know…

  14. Defending Rajon Rondo

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo’s outlandish point guard-ery this season is even more remarkable considering his obvious offensive flaw; Rondo is five years into his NBA career and yet his jump shot is still weaning. There are other wildly successful NBA players with holes in their games, but in some cases, there are institutional limits to prevent teams…

  15. Kwame Brown’s season could begin tonight

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:38 PM EST

    Kwame Brown

    You know times are tough when Kwame Brown’s return from injury qualifies as some kind of great hope. The Bobcats have started the season 3-7. Their defense, which was tops in the league last season, has fallen to 14th, while their offense remains as miserable as ever. The season is young, but it’s hard to…

  16. Jeopardy contestants draw a blank on an all-time NBA great

    Nov 13, 2010, 4:08 AM EST

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    Not everyone watches basketball. I get that. Yet there are certain players — certain names, even — that are so big they transcend the fan population. Tim Duncan is one such player. Duncan is the best of his generation, a perfect marriage of efficient offense and stifling defense. He’s hit every statistical milestone one could…

  17. Joakim Noah won’t be oppressed by shirts, pesky social norms

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:09 PM EST

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah is a weird dude. Seriously. He’s productive, unbridled, effective, wild — you can take your pick of frenetic adjectives and chances are, they apply. Noah’s career has been marked equally by his production and his energy, and it’s safe to say that regardless of what Noah does, he’ll do it in his own…

  18. Timberwolves waive Maurice Ager, eye Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:46 PM EST

    Sundiata Gaines

    As if it weren’t hard enough to be an Minnesota Timberwolf, the Wolves’ point guards seem to have a particularly tough lot in life. Dust off jokes about Minny’s one-time glut of PGs if you must, but these days, the point man is practically endangered in Minneapolis. Jonny Flynn is still recovering from hip surgery,…

  19. Dirk Nowitzki won’t miss a beat after ankle sprain

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    When Dirk Nowitzki went down at the tail end of the second quarter in last night’s game against the Grizzlies, things didn’t look good. Nowitzki cringed. He pulled his jersey over his face. He rolled. He grabbed his ankle. Yet once the initial fear had passed, he walked with Mavericks trainer Casey Smith to the…

  20. Where does Al Horford fit in the positional revolution?

    Nov 10, 2010, 7:34 PM EST

    Al Horford

    When we debate and deliberate over the nature of conventional positions and their obvious anomalies (LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, etc.), Al Horford is rarely a name that drives the conversation. Yet, as Bret LaGree pointed out in a video at Hoopinion, Horford may somehow be the Hawks’ best interior and perimeter defender, their strongest post…

  21. Hornets’ defensive success cast from the Spurs’ mold

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EST

    Emeka Okafor, New Orleans Hornets

    In the last decade of basketball, there have been few forces more power than the San Antonio Spurs’ defense. That vaunted defense has regressed in recent years, but from 2000-2007 (and, for that matter, from 1997-2000), San Antonio never allowed more than 99.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that routinely put the Spurs’ defense…

  22. Video: Carmelo vs. Carmelo vs. Carmelo, ad infinitum

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:55 PM EST

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    Somewhere between Nike Basketball’s fantastic LeBron James “Rise” spot and Reebok’s mind-numbingly awful John Wall/Zigtech campaign is this commercial from Jordan Brand and Carmelo Anthony: . . I’m not sure I quite understand how the current slogan, “DO WHATEVER IT TAKES,” ties in (I guess it’s because in this game, Melo has to literally do…

  23. Free Lou Williams?

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:09 PM EST

    Louis Williams,  Hilton Armstrong

    Kevin Love averages just 26 minutes a game, and the world is outraged. How could Kurt Rambis leave an elite rebounder and promising young big man on the bench for the pitiful Timberwolves? How dare he play Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, and Anthony Tolliver — all lesser talents than Love at this juncture — instead…

  24. The unexpectedly expected rise of Dorell Wright

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    Dorell Wright

    If you had Dorell Wright pegged as a 20-point scorer or the league leader in three-pointers made a week into the season, I’d politely ask that you step toward the stake surrounded by kindling. We don’t take kindly to witches and soothsayers around here. In retrospect, though, it makes complete sense. Maybe not Wright’s .545…

  25. Dahntay Jones rightfully moves to the end of the Pacers’ bench

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    Anthony Carter, Dahntay Jones

    Dahntay Jones spent the initial stage of last season on an unprecedented tear. After a series of unimpressive campaigns for the Grizzlies, Kings, and Nuggets, the power of a Pacer uniform somehow brought out the best in him. Through the ’09-’10 season’s first 15 games, Jones averaged 16.7 points (on 45% shooting) and four rebounds…

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